In early 2011 Charles Lawrence Surfaces successfully won the bidding process for the supply and installation of the main playing surface for the Isle of Man Commonwealth Youth Games 2011. The 9,500 square metre facility was to form the lead venue and centrepiece to the games and was also to host the international rugby tournament which formed part of the programme of events.

The island played host to 64 Commonwealth countries all converging to compete across a range of sports during the summer of 2011.

Charles Lawrence Surfaces were on an extremely tight 6 week programme to complete the works so it was clear from the start that this could only be achieved by meticulous planning and attention to detail.

The playing surface selected was a Lano Profoot MXSi 65mm Rugby/Football surface. This state of the art 3g sand and rubber filled carpet was installed on a in-situ rubber shockpad 25mm deep.

All the materials were shipped to the island including the specialist plant required for the installation process. The fine tolerance base works were completed by our own in house civil engineering division, Woodholme Construction, and the playing surface was laid by our own specialist installation teams.

Despite the logistical hurdles and the tight programme we are very proud to have achieved all of our deadlines and targets, with the Bowl hosting the prestigious opening ceremony in September 2011.

Perhaps more importantly we were delighted to have contributed to a facility that was worthy of this high profile event.

Following the games, Charles Lawrence Surfaces returned and, as planned, converted the installation to be more biased towards football usage. Being situated in the capital city, Douglas, The Bowl now stands proud as the Island's main football venue.